Since our beginning in 1900, we have aimed to provide the measurement capability necessary to underpin the UK’s prosperity and quality of life.

Though our goal remains the same as it did over 100 years ago, the world is a very different place. NPL has undergone a transformation to align more closely with government priorities and industry needs. We have been the silent partner behind industry for over 100 years, underpinning the UK economy. Our renewed focus will help accelerate UK industry for the next 100 years and beyond.

Advanced Manufacturing

Growing the economic impact and competitiveness of UK manufacturing



Unlocking new digital opportunities


Energy and Environment

Paving the way to a cleaner future


Life Sciences and Health

Working to tackle some of the world’s biggest health challenges


We will draw on our century of expertise and world-class facilities to develop new technologies, standards and skills in industries of the future, from Industry 4.0 to the hydrogen economy.

After a century as the silent partner to industry, helping to deliver now-ubiquitous innovations and advances, the next 100 years will see us continue this crucial role, but in the foreground, delivering ever greater impact to the UK.